Hate Mail Teachers' Guide

Hate Mail Teachers' Guide


Hate Mail Teachers' Guide


Monique Polak

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Summary: This Teachers' Guide presents strategies for teaching reluctant readers in middle school. The guide includes:

  • Discussion topics and themes: autism, bullying, depression
  • Social Studies: planning of awareness rally
  • Art project: posters reflecting tolerance, prejudice 
  • Research topics: neurodevelopmental disorders, child labor laws 

Book Summary: Jordie’s cousin Todd, who has autism, has moved back to Montreal and is attending Jordie’s high school. Todd has not been welcomed in the school. He’s known as a freak, and even other parents seem to resent Todd’s special needs. Jordie does everything he can to distance himself from his cousin, fearful of what his friends might think. When he learns that Todd’s whole family is buckling under the pressure of a hateful letter, Jordie starts to question his own behavior. However, Todd’s unique abilities soon become invaluable to his peers and to the community at large. Inspired by real-life events, Hate Mail examines the transformative power of speaking out against prejudice.

The Teachers' Guide for Hate Mail is free to download and copy. The book can be purchased online from Orca Book Publishers in the United States and in Canada or from most retail and wholesale booksellers.

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Hate Mail Teachers' Guide